World Malaria Day 2012: Special events organized in Tajikistan to raise public awareness
A performance of the national circus dedicated to World Malaria Day 2012 was organized in Dushanbe by the Ministry of Health. The event opened with a play focused on malaria transmission, prevention and treatment. Approximately 1800 schoolchildren attended the event, along with research and medical professionals, representatives of the Government and international agencies.
An exhibition was organized to reflect recent successes in the field of malaria control and elimination in Tajikistan. Various anti-malaria activities were explained and carried out by malaria programme staff, in particular, processing of indoor residual spraying, distribution of mosquito nets, and the dissemination of information and education materials.
The exhibition was opened by the Deputy Minister of Health, the WHO Representative/Head of Country Office in Tajikistan and the manager of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The speakers highlighted the results achieved over the last decade and encouraged renewed efforts to reach the goals of the national malaria elimination programme for Tajikistan for 2011-2015, including elimination of local malaria cases by 2015.
The WHO Country Office, together with the Republican Center to fight tropical diseases of the Ministry of Health and other partners, organized a public awareness campaign through the national radio “Vatan”. The day-long show was broadcast in Russian and Tajik programmes and included a marathon talk show conducted from 05.00 to 22.00.